These EOL electronic devices, also known as e-waste and e-scrap, includes such items as dated computer equipment, stereos, televisions and mobile phones. Such items can often be refurbished or recycled, yet a large amount still finds its way to the landfill. Current Low Recycling Rates Combined with the rapid growth, recent recycling rates are still inadequate.
Why is Electronics Recycling Important?
To conserve natural resources - Valuable material can be recovered and reused!
To comply with local and federal regulations - Businesses are liable for any mismanagement of their waste even after it leaves their control.
To protect public health and the environment - Most electronics contain hazardous materials that should not be disposed of in landfills.
To support the community - Donating your old electronics supports schools, low-income families, and non-profits by providing needed electronics.
To create local jobs - As demand for electronics recycling increases, existing companies will grow.
What a generator needs to know
When there is no further use for electronic equipment’s, due to obsolete or non-working conditions, they can be considered as waste. Government regulations encourage responsible recycling instead of waste disposal. Be aware that businesses are liable for any mismanagement of their waste even after it leaves their control.
It is much more expensive to be a party to a cleanup than to pay to properly recycle the waste. If you are identified as the source of an abandoned waste, you will be a responsible party in the cleanup. Be suspicious of bargains. A legitimate company, who must cover their own costs, will certainly cost more than a collector who intends to collect and abandon the waste.